Happy New Year, most chance fans!

When we kick off 2019 togetherwe only at MLB pipe-line are prepared to once again bring you all the prospect news that’s fit to publish. We’re working on our new Top 100 leads list, set to come out at the end of this season, introduced by our Top 10 by rankings lists. Before we realize it, we are going to be reporting from Spring Training camps daily.

Happy New Year, most chance fans!

When we kick off 2019 togetherwe only at MLB pipe-line are prepared to once again bring you all the prospect news that’s fit to publish. We’re working on our new Top 100 leads list, set to come out at the end of this season, introduced by our Top 10 by rankings lists. Before we realize it, we are going to be reporting from Spring Training camps daily.

The Pipeline Inbox has become a mainstay in our weekly lineup of policy and that is not likely to improve anytime in the future. So dig to the first’19 variant of this Inbox and also make a New Year’s resolution to send in good questions all through the year. 

Tweet from @AustinRBechtold: How can the Pirates top five prospects compare to the others of the NL Central?

Two caveats I need to throw out until I dig in to this particular question. The first is that, as a Pittsburgh resident, I need to be careful here and am very mindful about not being a homer, while also not going too far in the other way. The different qualifier is that I’m using the best five prospects ranks because they currently are around Prospect Watch, lists that we shall be updating in the coming months. Now, with this out of this way, here we proceed.

I’ve recorded the best five for every company, ranked by how I would line up them.

1. Reds: Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell, Hunter Greene, Jonathan India, Tony Santillan
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It’s close at the very best for mepersonally, however the Reds actually have four guys to the Top 100, as the Pirates have only three. Even the Senzel-Trammell-Greene trio, all in the top 25 complete, is tough to beat, nearly as good as Keller and Hayes are on top of this Pirates’ list. In case Reyes comes back healthy in 2019, he or she Gorman make for a powerful 1-2 punch on the Cardinals’ list, though Reyes may additionally graduate the moment he records that a major league outside. (He’s at 50 ip address for his livelihood, and also we graduate prospects once they get past that rookie-eligible threshold.)

Video: Mayo on which NL Central team gets the top prospects

Tweet from @steve_nebraska: Has the shift also it���so impact on batting and contact averages influenced how scouts (or analysts) are scoring the struck tool and prospects?

I’ve had many conversations with scouts on how shifting has altered the evaluation approach, but honestly, the majority of them haven’t been around hitting. I might find an argument being made which some one with power and also launch-angle abilities may have more value, as hitting the ball across the fence is the easiest solution to overcome an alteration.

Most discussions I’ve had about changes have been about what they do in terms of evaluating talent defensively. Evidently, range/quickness, hands and the manner in which you throw are still crucial. However there are a few chatter about whether or not a person profiles as a”true shortstop,” as an instance, matters just as far as it did. I think the consensus is that a person who matches profile is still very valuable, however once you consider that a shortstop might end up playing the perfect side of the in field quite a bit, or as the only player on the flip side, with a shift, drafting a person with perhaps a bit less stove, however a great offensive profile, may possibly be acceptable. Additionally, it utilized to be that a person who did not profile in one special position may possibly not be considered as positively. A person who looks like a super-utility type at the start of a career was not valued up to now. But I have to wonder if the higher importance of positional flexibility — high prospects such as Nick Senzel and Brendan Rodgers will likely break in to the big leagues by proceeding round defensively — will filter down more to amateur scouting. And that every team uses changes of a sort now only has to reinforce this theory, right? A capability to play different spots on the in field has become a plus given the different configurations teams use these days.

Tweet from @YanivSamih: What’s the ceiling to #Mets Prospect Mark Vientos? Do you see him becoming the long term answer at 3B in the future?

Tweet from @DomAp4444: Exactly what would you view as the floor and the ceiling of Vientos from the Mets system? From that which I���t heard that he has a fairly great ceiling.

I’m not entirely certain what’s happening in Mets-land to elicit two questions concerning Vientos, now No. 8 to the Mets’ Top 30. Maybe it’s because of the recent transaction that delivered among the prospects to the Mariners, so buffs are now looking at that might be coming.

Whatever the explanation, Vientos certainly is intriguing. He has moved slowly, spending summers at rookie levels, however he certainly improved from his summer debut in 2017 to the season he had from the Appalachian League last season. And as he proceeds to complete his 6-foot-4 frame and learns to work with his bat rate more frequently, there is definitely more power to emerge. We will need to wait and see how the success tool performs as he moves up the ladder, but his willingness to shoot walks will surely work in his favor. A move to full season ball is likely to soon be a wonderful test for Vientos, however I could see him being a big power-hitting run producer at the hot corner in a Troy Glaus type of mold if it clicks.

Video: Top Prospects: Mark Vientos, 3B, Mets

Tweet from @ChatterD: How well regarded is Phillies’ prospect Adonis Medina? Can he be the center bit of a transaction for a top of the turning arm or midst of this order bat?

Medina is now No. 3 to the Phillies’ Top-30 and No. 64 overall. The material, three pitches which can be reverted to when all is said and done, is still really exciting. And he throws strikes together with them all.

Video: Top Prospects: Adonis Medina, RHP, Phillies

Whether that makes him”centerpiece” worthy could be in the eye of this beholder, however, my gut tells me Medina isn’t the kind of elite-level guy at this time who are able to dominate a transaction to generate the sort of premium big leaguer you’re working for. Fortunately for the Phillies, you will find different players who might be included together with him to perhaps fetch which return. Evidently, Sixto Sanchez, the team’s top prospect, is that kind of player, however, he is also coming out of injury also is somebody the Phillies, or their group of followers, might not need to see go. Now, if Medina moves around double a and shows they could control advanced hitters, while pitching in a hitting-friendly studying ball-park in 2019, then could move him in to an alternative amount of prospect status. It may mean he will be ready to help in Philly later in the season, or it may be he’s moved to the type of prospect amount which does really make him”centerpiece” worthy.